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Couple held after captive boy flees

December 03, 2008|Associated Press

A Girl Scout leader and her husband were arrested after an emaciated, terrified and nearly naked 17-year-old showed up at a gym with a chain locked to his ankle, saying he had just fled his captors, authorities said.

The boy, who appeared to be about 10 to 12 years old, told authorities that he ran away from a Sacramento foster home last year and had been held captive for nearly a year.

Police said they believe the boy had been chained to a car seat but picked up a dropped key, unlocked himself and fled when the car stopped Monday.

Police arrested Kelly Layne Lau, 30, and Michael Schumacher, 34, after questioning the couple. They were booked on charges of torture, kidnapping and child abuse, and held on bail of nearly $1.2 million each.

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